Organizational Issues And Solutions

Organization: State Government Agencies

Area of Interest: Economy and Job

Why this issue hinders organizational efficiency: pay decreases performances, diversity is decrease. Less people willing to accept pay because of the workload

Organizational behavior is really the combination of four areas of study – psychology, social psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

While each of these areas involves an examination of people and their interactions, the focuses are quite different:

Psychology – studies the mind and how people make decisions.
Social Psychology – examines how people work in groups.
Sociology – explores how systems work within the organization.
Anthropology – examines how culture works within the organization.

Now, assume that you are an organizational consultant and have been asked by a new CEO to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the organization.

  • Of      the four areas of study listed above, which would you focus on first?
  • Make      sure to explain why you chose this area, and why it would take precedence      over the other areas

    ASSIGNMENT PREP

    COMPANY SELECTION

    AND SOURCES Due Week 3: 60 points

    There are three written assignments in the course, in which you will use the

    same organization to analyze the culture and make recommendations.

    Therefore, it is essential you start to think now about your company

    selection.

    Consider selecting a company you work for, a company a family member or

    friend works for, or a civic organization. To ensure your selection sets you

    up for success in all three assignments, be sure that your company:

    ▪ is one you are familiar and can draw on internal processes the public

    (outsider) is unaware

    ▪ has true issues that need to be resolved

    ▪ allows for realistic and enforceable solutions for the organization to

    be successful

     

    INSTRUCTIONS

    To complete this assignment, use the provided textbox in which you:

    1) Identify the company that you want to research for the three written

    assignments in the course.

    2) Describe the organizational issue in your chosen company.

    3) Explain why the issue hinders organizational efficiency.

     

     

    ASSIGNMENT 1

    ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES

    AND SOLUTIONS Due Week 4: 240 points

    Leaders address issues and propose solutions. As a leader, you’ll need to

    stay on top of events that may facilitate or hinder productivity. You must

    create and implement solutions to address these issues.

    This assignment exposes you to complex modern organizational

    challenges. The solutions you devise should reflect your learning and

    research of organizational and individual influences in the workplace.

     

    INSTRUCTIONS

    The new CEO has selected your consulting firm to give him/her an analysis

    of the organizational efficiency.

    Write a double-spaced 2 to 3 page paper in which you will present to the CEO

    your findings during your research steps. You must propose strategic

    solutions in your paper to include the following:

    1) Describe the Organization and the Issue to Resolve

    • Provide a brief description of the organization you selected.

    • Present the organizational issue that adversely affected

    productivity and that you, the consultant, will review and

    resolve.

    2) Analyze Current Corporate Culture

    • How has the current corporate culture facilitated the

    development of the current issue? Research the organization,

    dig into the culture, and analyze how it contributed to this issue.

    Hint: Review the mission and vision statements as well as the

    corporate website.

    3) Identify Areas of Weakness

    • What are the organization’s areas of weakness? Use your

    research on organizational behavior approaches to corporate

    culture, diversity, teamwork, and motivational strategies.

     

     

    4) Propose Solutions

    • What organizational practices would you modify? What

    solutions would you recommend to management? As the

    consultant you will identify the suggestions and solutions you

    would present to the organization’s leadership with regard to

    modifying current organizational practices to resolve the issue.

    5) References and Citations

    • Provide at least 2 quality resources such as the course

    textbook, company website, business websites (CNBC,

    Bloomberg, etc.), resources from the Strayer Library, and/or

    outside sources. Note: Wikipedia and web-based blogs do not

    qualify as credible resources.

    • In-text citations are required when paraphrasing or quoting

    another source.

    6) Formatting and Writing Standards

    • Formatting and writing standards are part of your grade. Align

    your formatting to the Strayer Writing Standards.

     

    https://blackboard.strayer.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/STANDARDIZED/StrayerWritingStandards/Strayer_Writing_Standards.pdf

     

    *Grading for this assignment will be based on the following criteria and evaluation standards:

    POINTS: 240 ASSIGNMENT 1: ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS

    Criteria

    Exemplary

    100% – A

    Proficient

    85% – B

    Fair

    75% – C

    Unacceptable

    0% – F

    1. Describe the

    Organization and

    the Issue to

    Resolve

     

    Weight: 20%

    Fully describes the

    organization by providing a

    relevant and robust but

    concise overview of the

    company (e.g. when they

    were established, what

    service(s) or products they

    provide, and other relevant

    information). Additionally,

    the author fully describes the

    issue he/she has identified;

    what he/she knows about it

    and how it has impacted the

    company.

    Sufficiently describes the

    organization and provides

    details about the company.

    The issue is identified and

    the author sufficiently

    describes what he/she

    knows about it and its

    impact on the company.

    Partially describes the

    organization and provides

    some details about the

    company, but additional

    details would improve the

    description. The issue and

    its impact on the company

    are not clearly articulated.

    Does not describe the

    organization or provide

    details about the company.

    The issue and its impact on

    the company are not

    provided.

    2. Analyze

    Current Corporate

    Culture

    Weight: 20%

    Completely describes the

    company’s culture by

    detailing how the company

    positions itself from internal

    and external perspectives.

    Draws strong, logical

    connections about how the

    culture did or could have

    supported/facilitated the

    challenge. Makes direct

    connections and supports

    points with source material.

    Satisfactorily describes

    the company culture by

    drawing on and

    synthesizing corporate

    information about the

    company. Makes logical

    and realistic connections

    that are supported by

    source material.

    Partially describes the

    company’s culture. Lacks

    details and/or multiple

    sources are not utilized to

    provide a well-rounded

    perspective. Makes loose

    connections that were not

    supported by sources or

    that were not fully

    articulated.

    The culture is not

    described or the company

    is not differentiated

    completely from others.

    Poses unsupported

    connections or

    connections are not

    included.

    3. Identify Areas

    of Weakness

    Weight 20%

    Completely identifies areas

    of weakness and provides

    strong details with logical

    connections and supporting

    source material.

    Satisfactorily identifies

    areas of weakness and

    provides valid details

    supported by source

    material.

    Partially identifies areas of

    weakness and makes loose

    connections between the

    weaknesses and supporting

    material.

    Does not identify areas of

    weakness or does not

    provide supporting source

    material.

    4. Propose

    Solutions

    Weight 25%

    Completely describes

    modifications to

    organizational practices and

    provides solutions with

    strong connections and

    supporting source material.

    Logically details how the

    solutions will resolve issue.

    Satisfactorily describes

    modifications to

    organizational practices.

    Provides solutions that

    make some connections

    with supporting source

    material to indicate how

    the solutions will resolve

    the issue.

    Partially describes

    modifications to

    organizational practices and

    solutions to resolve the

    issues. Lacks supporting

    details and source material.

    Does not describe

    modifications to

    organizational practices,

    or does not identify

    solutions that would

    resolve the issue. No

    source material is

    provided.

    5. Reference

    minimums;

    Reference quality

    Weight 5%

    Meets or exceeds number of

    required references; all

    references high quality

    choices.

    Meets number of

    required references;

    some references may be

    poor quality choices.

    Does not meet the required

    number of references; some

    references may be poor

    quality choices.

    No references provided or

    all references poor quality

    choices.

    6. Follows writing

    standards;

    Meets page

    minimums

    Weight 10%

    Followed all writing

    standards.

    Met page minimums.

    Followed most writing

    standards.

    Met page minimums.

    Followed few writing

    standards.

    May not have met page

    minimums.

    Followed few to no writing

    standards.

    Did not meet page

    minimums.

     

     

    ASSIGNMENT 2

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    PROGRAM PROPOSAL Due Week 6: 240 points

    As you continue your consulting role, the next task is to deliver a

    professional development program to the CEO of your chosen organization.

    It is important that your program’s proposal be based on your research of

    emotional intelligence (EI) and specifically detail how a new incentive

    program, based on an EI management approach, will:

    ▪ foster teamwork,

    ▪ strengthen interpersonal relationships,

    ▪ enhance communication,

    ▪ increase overall performance, and

    ▪ benefit not only managers but the bottom-line.

     

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Create a double-spaced 5 to 7 page proposal that includes the following components:

    1) EI and Motivation

    • Which of the EI building blocks would impact management’s ability to

    enhance employee performance and job satisfaction?

    • Based on your research on motivational theory, describe how you

    would utilize positive or negative reinforcement to influence the

    members of the organization and resolve the issue. Provide examples

    to support your solution.

    2) EI and Social Skills and Decision Making

    • Explain how the core concepts of emotional intelligence would

    enhance the social skills and the decision-making efficacy of the

    management team.

    3) Effective Teams

    • Describe the core attributes of an effective team and the strategies

    you would implement to develop team dynamics that will benefit the

    organization.

     

     

    4) Reward Systems

    • Create an effective reward system for this organization. Determine

    the strategies you would incorporate to motivate employees and

    influence behavior.

    5) References and Citations

    • Provide at least 2 quality resources.

    • In-text citations are required when paraphrasing or quoting another

    source.

    6) Formatting and Writing Standards

    • Formatting and writing standards are part of your grade. Align your

    formatting to the Strayer Writing Standards.

     

    https://blackboard.strayer.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/STANDARDIZED/StrayerWritingStandards/Strayer_Writing_Standards.pdf

     

    *Grading for this assignment will be based on the following criteria and evaluation standards:

    POINTS: 240 ASSIGNMENT 2: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PROPOSAL

    Criteria

    Exemplary

    100% – A

    Proficient

    85% – B

    Fair

    75% – C

    Unacceptable

    0% – F

    1. EI and

    Motivation

    Weight: 20%

    Fully describes how

    motivation and

    reinforcement would be

    used to influence members

    of the organization to

    resolve the issue. Draws

    compelling, logical

    connections between theory

    and solution. Examples are

    strong and support solution.

    Satisfactorily describes

    how motivation and

    reinforcement would be

    used to influence members

    of the organization to

    resolve the issue. Makes

    logical connections

    between theory and

    solution. Examples support

    solution.

    Partially describes how

    motivation and

    reinforcement would be

    used to influence members

    of the organization to

    resolve the issue. Makes

    loose connections between

    theory and solution.

    Examples do not fully

    support solution.

    The description does not

    address how motivation

    and reinforcement would

    be used to influence

    members of the

    organization to resolve the

    issue. Examples are not

    provided.

    2. EI and Social

    Skills and

    Decision Making

     

    Weight: 20%

    Fully describes how

    motivation and

    reinforcement would be

    used to influence members

    of the organization to

    resolve the issue. Draws

    compelling, logical

    connections between theory

    and solution. Examples are

    strong and support solution.

    Satisfactorily describes

    how motivation and

    reinforcement would be

    used to influence

    members of the

    organization to resolve

    the issue. Makes logical

    connections between

    theory and solution.

    Examples support

    solution.

    Partially explains how core

    concepts of emotional

    intelligence would enhance

    the social skills and the

    decision-making efficacy of

    the management team.

    Loose connections are

    made to support the

    relationship between EI and

    management’s skills.

    Application of research is

    minimal.

    The description does not

    explain how the core

    concepts of emotional

    intelligence would

    enhance the social skills

    and the decision-making

    efficacy of the

    management team.

    3. Effective

    Teams

    Weight 25%

    Completely describes the

    core attributes of an

    effective team. Strategies to

    develop team dynamics are

    strongly articulated and

    detailed. Benefits to the

    organization are logical and

    well supported.

    Satisfactorily describes

    the core attributes of an

    effective team.

    Strategies to develop

    team dynamics are

    articulated. Benefits to

    the organization are

    stated. Additional details

    and source support

    would improve the

    description.

    Partially describes the core

    attributes of an effective

    team. Strategies to develop

    team dynamics lack details

    and source support or are

    not fully articulated. Benefits

    to the organization are

    unclear.

    Does not describe the core

    attributes of an effective

    team or strategies to

    develop team dynamics.

    Benefits to organization

    are not presented.

    4. Reward

    Systems

    Weight 20%

    Creates an effective reward

    system and articulates well-

    thoughtout strategies to

    motivate employees to

    influence behavior. The

    connection between strategy

    and influence is strong and

    supported by source

    material.

    Creates an effective

    reward system and

    provides motivational

    strategies. Details and

    source material support

    how behavior would be

    influenced.

    Partially creates an effective

    reward system and

    articulates some

    motivational strategies.

    Supporting details are given

    but could be expanded to

    describe how behavior

    would be influenced.

    Application of research is minimal.

    Did not create an effective

    reward system or

    determine strategies to

    motivate employees to

    influence behavior.

    5. Reference

    minimums;

    Reference quality

    Weight 5%

    Meets or exceeds number of

    required references; all

    references high quality

    choices.

    Meets number of

    required references;

    some references may be

    poor quality choices.

    Does not meet the required

    number of references; some

    references may be poor

    quality choices.

    No references provided or

    all references poor quality

    choices.

    6. Follows writing

    standards;

    Meets page

    minimums

    Weight 10%

    Followed all writing

    standards.

    Met page minimums.

    Followed most writing

    standards.

    Met page minimums.

    Followed few writing

    standards.

    May not have met page

    minimums.

    Followed few to no writing

    standards.

    Did not meet page

    minimums.

     

     

    ASSIGNMENT 3

    POWER, POLITICS, AND CULTURE Due Week 9: 240 points

    In business, power and politics greatly influence an organizational

    culture in turn hinder organizational productivity. In your role as

    consultant you observed power and politics influence on the corporate

    culture.

     

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Create a double-spaced 5 to 7 page report that addresses the following:

    1) Influence of Politics and Power

    • Explain how politics and power-play may have influenced the

    organization’s culture.

    2) Sources of Power

    • Explore the sources of power and describe how management

    could use this influence to benefit your department and improve

    organizational performance.

    3) Leadership Behavior and Culture

    • Make recommendations that support how the study of power

    and politics could influence leadership behavior and improve

    the organization’s culture.

    4) Leadership Influence

    • Discuss the importance and complexity of leadership behavior.

    How does it influence organizational structure and

    performance?

    5) References and Citations

    • Provide at least 2 quality resources.

    • In-text citations are required when paraphrasing or quoting

    another source.

    6) Formatting and Writing Standards

    • Formatting and writing standards are part of your grade. Align

    your formatting to the Strayer Writing Standards.

     

    https://blackboard.strayer.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/STANDARDIZED/StrayerWritingStandards/Strayer_Writing_Standards.pdf

     

    *Grading for this assignment will be based on the following criteria and evaluation standards:

    POINTS: 240 ASSIGNMENT 3: POWER, POLITICS, AND CULTURE

    Criteria

    Exemplary

    100% – A

    Proficient

    85% – B

    Fair

    75% – C

    Unacceptable

    0% – F

    1. Influence of

    Politics and Power

    Weight: 20%

    Completely explains how

    politics and power-play may

    have influenced the

    organization’s culture.

    Accurately identifies the core

    issues and strongly

    connects them to the impact

    on culture. The explanation

    is well-supported by research.

    Satisfactorily explains how

    politics and power-play

    may have influenced the

    organization’s culture.

    Identifies some core

    issues and connects them

    to the impact on the

    culture. The explanation

    uses research support.

    Partially explains how

    politics and power-play may

    have influenced the

    organization’s culture.

    Identifies some issues but

    does not fully explore them

    or make a strong

    connection to their impact.

    Uses little research support.

    Does not explain how

    politics and power-play may

    have influenced the

    organization’s culture.

    2. Sources of

    Power

    Weight: 20%

    Completely identifies the

    sources of power and

    describes how management

    could use this influence to

    enhance organizational

    performance. Uses relevant

    key concepts and makes

    valid connections to

    enhanced performance that

    are well-supported by

    research.

    Satisfactorily identifies

    the sources of power

    and describes how

    management could use

    this influence to enhance

    organizational

    performance. Most key

    concepts are accurately

    identified and there is a

    connection to enhanced

    performance with

    research support.

    Partially identifies the

    sources of power and

    describes how management

    could use this influence to

    enhance organizational

    performance. Not all key

    concepts are identified and

    there is a loose connection

    to performance. There is

    little research support.

    Does not identify the

    sources of power or

    describe how

    management could use

    this influence to enhance

    organizational

    performance. There is no

    reference to research.

    3. Leadership

    Behavior and

    Culture

    Weight 25%

    Provides excellent

    recommendations as to how

    the study of power and

    politics could influence

    leadership behavior and

    impact the organization’s

    culture. Recommendations

    are credible and relevant

    with a strong connection to

    the impact on culture backed

    by well-supported research.

    Satisfactorily

    recommends how the

    study of power and

    politics could influence

    leadership behavior and

    impact the organization’s

    culture. Recommenda-

    tions are clear and

    mostly realistic; there is a

    connection to the impact

    on culture. Research

    support is evident.

    Partially recommends how

    the study of power and

    politics could influence

    leadership behavior and

    impact the organization’s

    culture, but the

    recommendations are

    unclear or unrealistic. There

    is no clear connection to the

    impact on culture. There is

    little or no research support.

    Does not recommend how

    the study of power and

    politics could influence

    leadership behavior and

    impact the organization’s

    culture. There is no

    reference to research.

    4. Leadership

    Influence

    Weight 20%

    Thoroughly discusses how

    the importance and

    complexity of leadership

    behavior influences

    organizational structure and

    performance. Relevant key

    concepts are presented with

    strong research support.

    Satisfactorily discusses

    how the importance and

    complexity of leadership

    behavior influences

    organizational structure

    and performance. Most

    key concepts are

    presented with research

    support.

    Partially discusses how the

    importance and complexity

    of leadership behavior

    influences organizational

    structure and performance.

    Some key concepts are

    missing and there is little or

    no research support.

    Does not discuss how the

    importance and

    complexity of leadership

    behavior influences

    organizational structure

    and performance. There is

    no reference to research.

    5. Reference

    minimums;

    Reference quality

    Weight 5%

    Meets or exceeds number of

    required references; all

    references high quality

    choices.

    Meets number of

    required references;

    some references may be

    poor quality choices.

    Does not meet the required

    number of references; some

    references may be poor

    quality choices.

    No references provided or

    all references poor quality

    choices.

    6. Follows writing

    standards;

    Meets page

    minimums

    Weight 10%

    Followed all writing

    standards.

    Met page minimums.

    Followed most writing

    standards.

    Met page minimums.

    Followed few writing

    standards.

    May not have met page

    minimums.

    Followed few to no writing

    standards.

    Did not meet page

    minimums.

     

     

    • ASSIGNMENT PREP
      • COMPANY SELECTION AND SOURCES
        • INSTRUCTIONS
    • ASSIGNMENT 1
      • ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS
        • INSTRUCTIONS
          • 1) Describe the Organization and the Issue to Resolve
          • 2) Analyze Current Corporate Culture
          • 3) Identify Areas of Weakness
          • 4) Propose Solutions
          • 5) References and Citations
          • 6) Formatting and Writing Standards
    • ASSIGNMENT 2
      • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PROPOSAL
        • INSTRUCTIONS
          • 1) EI and Motivation
          • 2) EI and Social Skills and Decision Making
          • 3) Effective Teams
          • 4) Reward Systems
          • 5) References and Citations
          • 6) Formatting and Writing Standards
    • ASSIGNMENT 3
      • POWER, POLITICS, AND CULTURE
        • INSTRUCTIONS
          • 1) Influence of Politics and Power
          • 2) Sources of Power
          • 3) Leadership Behavior and Culture
          • 4) Leadership Influence
          • 5) References and Citations
          • 6) Formatting and Writing Standards

 

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